David and Liz Swaithe’s fifty years of marriage has seen them move 27 times, including to Hong Kong, Cyprus and Germany.
Not long after their wedding at Landsown Methodist Church in Great Malvern, they moved into married quarters at RAF Honington.
In May 1966 David was posted to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, by which time Liz was pregnant with their eldest daughter Amanda.
Another posting to RAF Kai Tak in Hong Kong saw the couple and their 10-week-old daughter in November 1966 take a 36-hour flight to their new home, where they remained for two and a half years.
Then after time at RAF Scampton and RAF Northolt, David was sent to RAF Episkopi in Cyprus in May 1970. This again coincided with a new arrival - which turned out to be two new arrivals - as Liz gave birth to twins Lisa and Heidi. Like their elder sister, they experienced air travel early, moving to Limassol at just six-weeks-old.
David’s career also took them to four different German bases - RAF Gutersloh, Rheindahlen, Bruggen and Wildenrath. In between they also had stints at RAF St Mawgan and RAF Rudloe Manor, where David was promoted to warrant officer. On his discharge in 1992, they settled in the village of Kempsford in Gloucestershire.
They moved to Gonerby Hill Foot when David joined the civil service in 2000. Now retired he is a keen golfer, and the couple regularly see their daughters and grandchildren who live nearby.